Golf Wraps Up Fall In Unique Fashion And Setting
Oct. 27, 2012
SEATTLE -- The Washington men's golf team wraps up its fall season this week competing in the Stanford Classic at the world-renowned Cypress Point Club in Pebble Beach, Calif. The Huskies are among eight teams competing in the match-play formatted tournament, Monday, Oct. 29 and Tuesday, Oct. 30.
The Classic will feature host Stanford, Washington, USC, UCLA, Duke, Georgia, Michigan and Texas for a unique Ryder Cup match-play format. The first round will be four-ball play, followed by foursomes and finally singles matches. Each squad will be represented by six players competing in both winners' and losers' brackets to ensure that each team plays both days.
Round one matchups, determined by averaging Golfstat and Golfweek rankings, will feature Texas
(1) vs. Michigan (8), Washington (2) vs. Stanford (7), USC (3) vs. (6) Duke and UCLA (4) vs. Georgia (5).
The Huskies are currently ranked fourth by Golfweek and seventh by Golfstat.com. Individually, Trevor Simsby is 11th and Chris Williams 53rd according to Golfweek and 23rd and 147th, respectively, by Golfstat.com.
Cheng-Tsung Pan is the Huskies top-ranked player at No. 4 by Golfweek and No. 5 by Golfstat.com, but will not be participating for the Huskies this week. Pan is competing at the Asian Amateur in Chonburi, Thailand where the winner earns a spot in the 2013 Masters Championship.
Without Pan in the lineup, the Huskies will go with Williams, Simsby, Charlie Hughes, Larry Iverson, Gerrit Chambers and Tyler Salsbury. The Huskies' pairs will be: Williams and Simsby, Hughes and Iverson and Chambers and Salsbury.
The field will get the opportunity to play at the 6,536-yard, par 72 course that is generally regarded among the top-5 courses in the world. Ranked No. 2 in Golf Magazine's 2011 list of Best Courses in America, from 1947 until 1991 Cypress Point was one of the three courses used in the Crosby/AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
In 1981, Cypress Point hosted the Walker Cup, which features amateurs from the U.S. taking on amateurs from Great Britain and Ireland in a Ryder Cup-type format.
Since leaving the AT&T Pro-Am rotation in 1991 only member events have been held. The one exception is on October 9, 2012 Davis Love, Bubba Watson, Ricky Fowler and Nick Watney played a match that was supposed to be a recreation of "The Match". It was done in connection with the recent $100 million campaign for First Tee.